We had an amazing thing happen to us and I feel like it would be a waste if I didn't share it. It's way cool. Here' goes.
So it's no secret that Dale and I are poor. Run out of groceries poor. Not all the time. But that does happen from time to time. As it does with lots of people. No biggie.
Anyhow, regardless of our bank statement, we have always paid our tithing. No matter what. If you are unfamiliar with tithing, it's what we pay to our church each month. You can read about it here. Many times already we have experienced the blessings of paying our tithing. I believe that when we pay our tithing in full, we will always be taken care of. And we have been. Every time.
Including this past Monday.
I feel like I need to add a disclaimer here and state for the record that Dale is the most hardest working man I have ever met. He is and has been determined to provide for his family. Our financial shortcomings are no fault of Dale's.
Anyhow, this past month has been a particularly hard one. I balanced the account on Saturday and saw that after we paid our tithing (which we pay first) there would be a meager amount of money left in our account. We also needed to buy groceries as we were totally out. Well of course I would pay the tithing but then I remembered that it was fast Sunday. If you are unfamiliar with what fast Sunday is, you can read about it here. I thought about fast offerings and asked Dale if he thought it was like tithing where you paid it no matter what or if you had nothing to pay, you skip it that month or pay it later. He said he wasn't sure and we decided to think about it.
While driving home from church on Sunday, Dale said he felt prompted that we needed to pay our fast offering along with our tithing. This would make our balance go negative but we both agreed it needed to be paid. We felt that if we had faith and paid our tithing and fast offering, the Lord would help us cover the rest of our expenses like groceries, gas, etc. So we paid a generous fast offering that afternoon and said lots of prayers. We spent that night feeling like everything would be okay. We even came across this article in our Ensign magazine. If you don't know what the Ensign is, it's the magazine that our church sends out every month.
So the next day is Monday and Dale goes into work. Right off the bat, he meets up with his boss. There was a management position open and Dale planned to ask his boss for it. Dale's boss then tells Dale that for some reason he had been thinking about Dale all weekend. Also, he says that had been thinking about offering Dale the promotion and Dale coming right up and asking for it sealed it for him. He gave him the promotion on the spot.
Miracle. Straight up miracle. Dale has been wanting and praying for a promotion for a while now. It's not a coincidence that it happened right after we showed a huge amount of faith in paying our tithes and fast offerings.
I'm not sharing this to toot our own horn about Dale getting a promotion or anything like that. To me, this is an amazing strengthening experience that I really felt like I should share with everyone. The Lord knows us and blesses us. He loves us. He will never let us go. If we show faith, the Lord will deliver miracles.
Malachi 3: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.